Is this the reason Lancet editor said government advisors were lying on Covid-19?

Dominic Cummings: he can’t give advice on science, so why has he been attending Sage meetings on handling coronavirus?

Dominic Cummings and a data scientist from his Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, have been influencing the scientific group advising the government on coronavirus, it has been revealed.

Is this the reason Lancet editor Richard Horton reckons “supposedly independent medical advisors” have been telling “manifest untruths” – lying – to support a “political regime whose credibility is rapidly collapsing”?

We have already heard that Cummings was involved in a meeting in late January, when Covid-19 was played down as “just a bit of flu”.

He apparently said the UK would be better able to resist a second wave of the disease next winter if 60-80 per cent of the population became infected and the survivors developed “herd immunity”.

Cummings was paraphrased after speaking at a private engagement at the end of February, in which he said the government’s strategy was “herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad”.

Now The Guardian has claimed that both Cummings and Warner have been taking part in meetings of the group, raising questions about the independence of its scientific advice.

The government’s former chief scientific adviser Sir David King is quoted in the article, saying Cummings may have been reporting his own “interpretation” of Sage advice to Boris Johnson.

Mr Horton wrote in the Lancet criticising Dr Jenny Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, at the end of March. She had stated that England had a “perfectly adequate” supply of Personal Protective Equipment.

We all now know that this was not true.

Mr Horton wrote: “I am sure Dr Harries believed what she said. But she was wrong and she should apologise to the thousands of health workers who still have no access to WHO-standard PPE.”

On Sunday, Dr Harries seems to have made matters worse by saying: “The UK, regardless of the position that we may be in now, has been an international exemplar in preparedness.”

It sounds like propaganda.

And what about when government ministers say they have been “following scientific advice”?

If they’ve been getting this advice from Dominic Cummings, then it cannot be considered to have any value at all.

Source: Revealed: Dominic Cummings on secret scientific advisory group for Covid-19 | World news | The Guardian

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  1. chris evans April 25, 2020 at 3:52 am - Reply

    are we getting nearer the truth behind the fiasco that has, and continues to have, a murderous regime running the country

  2. Jeffrey Davies April 25, 2020 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Liar liar liar your tongues on fire but hay ho daily they tell the peasants whot they want you to hear and do but bojo just goes on from one trouble to another. Many applauding him for it it doesn’t make sense just another way of culling the stock whot more monies into their coffers

  3. Dez April 25, 2020 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Enter the covert Globalist revolution. Very interesting piece and now explains the extraordinary statements Jenny Harris made whilst expressing troubled body language that was at odds to what she was saying and what the real UK knew to be untrue. Up until she uttered those untruths I found her someone I could listen and believe were honest statements. It is unfortunate that she had adopted the party line as no longer will I have any respect for her or what comes out of her or Cummings propaganda machine. His influence might also go someway in explaining why the so called care sector was totally abandoned and paid the price of supporting the main hospital efforts…. as he supposedly stated ie some pensioners might die…too bad. Nice guy…. ideal globalist depopulation speaker however the actions of neglet took many innocent front line workers down as well but no worry just collateral damage to lesser mortals such as Cummings. Feels like US and UK are being led by two complete ……… (use your own words!)

  4. James April 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    <> This is exactly the kind of ludicrous and patently untrue statement we’ve come to expect (even more than previously) from ‘government spokespersons’ (not only in the UK either!). Seriously, does ANYONE actually believe them? Well, obviously some – unfortunately quite a large number, it seems – of the intellectually challenged do! One sometimes does have to wonder about the human race…

    • James April 25, 2020 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      The bit between seems to have disappeared! It was a quote from your piece, Mike: On Sunday, Dr Harries seems to have made matters worse by saying: “The UK, regardless of the position that we may be in now, has been an international exemplar in preparedness.”

  5. kateuk April 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I read a few articles lately saying that the WHO says that there is no evidence that having covid-19 provides any immunity to having it again. So it seems there is no “herd immunity” after all.

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